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April 2, 2015
Siluria (San Francisco) has started up a plant at La Porte, TX, to demonstrate its process for the manufacture of ethylene by the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). The development represents the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas via OCM, says Siluria. The company intends to commercialize the process in 2017-18....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Siluria-announces-start-up-of-methane-to-ethylene-demo-plant_69109.html
April 2, 2015
ExxonMobil says that the restart process is underway at the company's Beaumont, TX, petrochemical complex and that some equipment was back online on 1 April. The company confirmed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/ExxonMobil-begins-restart-process-at-Beaumont-petchem-complex_69110.html
April 2, 2015
EuroChem Group (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global fertilizer producer, today announced the completion of its acquisition of OJSC Astrakhan Oil and Gas Co. (OJSC AOGC). EuroChem has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-gains-further-integration-to-raw-material-with-acquisition-of-upstream-company_69126.html
April 1, 2015
Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Co. (Ethydco) plans to commission its $1.9 billion petrochemical complex at Alexandria by the end of this year, according to Sherif Ismail...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Egypt-to-commission-petchem-complex-end-of-this-year_68798.html
April 1, 2015
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) has awarded a three-year technical services agreement contract to AMEC Foster Wheeler for the former’s Mina Al...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Orpic-award-3-year-services-contract-to-AMEC-Foster-Wheeler_68807.html
April 1, 2015
Kazakhstan Potash Corp. (KPC; Melbourne), a minerals exploration company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and controlled by Chinese businessmen, announced today that its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Kazakhstan-Potash-Corp-signs-EPC-agreement-with-Chinese-construction-company_69010.html
April 1, 2015
Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) said today that it has restarted its ammonia plant at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia. The plant, operated by Ma’aden Phosphate Co. (MPC), had...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Maaden-restarts-ammonia-plant_69088.html
April 1, 2015
Styrene inventories at eastern China’s ports were estimated to be about 154,000 m.t. this week, down about 12,000 m.t. from last week’s tally, data obtained by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-stocks-in-eastern-China-slip-amid-higher-demand-turnarounds_69078.html
April 1, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) plans to open officially its new phenol plant at Shanghai on 20 April, the company says. The plant, which has nameplate capacity for 250,000 m.t./year of phenol and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Cepsa-to-inaugurate-phenol-plant-at-Shanghai-this-month_69069.html
March 31, 2015
Shaoxing Yuandong Petrochemical (Shaoxing, China) has stopped offering purified terephthalic acid (PTA) futures on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE; Zhengzhou, China), effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Chinese-producer-stops-offering-PTA-futures-on-commodity-exchange-due-to-suspected-bankruptcy_68688.html
March 31, 2015
Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian, China) has started up its third purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Dalian, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT) says. “The 2.2 million-m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/Hengli-Petrochemical-starts-up-third-PTA-plant-at-Dalian_68770.html
March 31, 2015
Market participants and insiders have said this week that Williams Partners' Geismar, LA, ethane cracker achieved production of on-specification ethylene on 27 March. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sources-Williams-Geismar-achieving-on-spec-ethylene_69052.html
March 31, 2015
ExxonMobil has confirmed that its entire petrochemical complex at Beaumont, TX, has been shut down following a fire on a propylene line. The company adds that there is no estimated...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/ExxonMobil-confirms-Beaumont-petchem-shutdown-following-fire_69065.html
March 31, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP; Harrisburg) has announced its intention to issue air permits to Shell Chemicals' planned Appalachian petrochemical complex at Monaca, PA. The DEP will hold a public hearing on 5 May to take comments regarding Shell’s application....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-nears-air-permit-for-Appalachian-cracker-project_69066.html
March 31, 2015
BP Refining and Petrochemical’s (BPRP) steam crackers at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are running at reduced rates following an unexpected outage toward the end of last week. The two...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/BPs-Gelsenkirchen-crackers-running-at-reduced-rates_69067.html
March 31, 2015
China’s imports of benzene and xylenes in February spiked from January despite the Lunar New Year holidays, amid falls in other principal aromatics markets. The country...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Chinas-benzene-xylene-imports-spike-in-February-despite-holidays_69042.html
March 31, 2015
Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) have signed a joint-venture agreement to develop methanol-to-gasoline technology, SEG says. EMRE and SEG...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Sinopec-ExxonMobil-to-develop-methanol-to-gasoline-technology_69037.html
March 31, 2015
The ExxonMobil Chemical plant at Beaumont, TX, had a fire overnight that was extinguished early in the morning of 30 March. The fire is suspected to have been caused when vapor...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/ExxonMobil-extinguishes-fire-at-Texas-propylene-line_69036.html
March 30, 2015
Canpotex (Saskatoon, SK), the potash export cartel representing Agrium, Mosaic, and PotashCorp, said today that it has finalized potash supply contracts for 2015 with all of its major...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Canpotex-reaches-agreement-with-Chinese-potash-customers_69013.html
March 27, 2015
South Korea’s benzene exports for the first three months of 2015 are expected have surged more than 75% surge year-on-year, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. Over 1–26...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Koreas-first-quarter-benzene-exports-spike-75-percent-YOY_68970.html
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